Corporate social responsibility has become a priority for most companies, especially those in the promotional products industry.

To be a good corporate citizen in 2023, a firm must commit to making a difference in the world, which includes supporting diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as sustainability and philanthropy.

As part of the PPAI 100 research program, the Association gathered benchmarking data provided by companies that appeared in the inaugural ranking of promo’s leading distributors and suppliers, as well as those who didn’t make this year’s list or were too small to be eligible.

This report focuses on the very questions that allowed PPAI Media to score the PPAI 100 Responsibility category.


Here, we look at some key performance indicators of their businesses in terms of CSR, sharing the state of responsibility among the very largest companies in the industry, all the way down to the industry’s more typical small businesses – suppliers earning less than $5 million per year, and distributorships making less than $1 million.

The following sections offer a breakdown of each benchmarking statistic, with insight and reaction from CSR decision-makers among companies who participated in the surveys, as well as a comprehensive listing of suppliers and distributors that have earned new PPAI 100 High Marks for Responsibility.